Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement

Monday, May 23, 2016


We are blessed to have really good friends.  The kind that stick with you through thick and thin, in joy and sorrow, who love your kids, and grandkids, and your parents, too!

Today, for the first time in a long time we had two of these families here after church.  Nate and Kay came by this afternoon , too, and so did Vinnie and Emma. 

Three rotisserie chickens, a large green salad, some fruit, chips and salsa and some fries made up lunch.  My friends, Jen, Bonnie and I slipped away for some tea and chai lattes at a local tea shop.  

While we were away this is what the kids and dads did.

When we ladies got back they were all inside because it had started to rain again.  We got out some ice cream and graham crackers for ice cream sandwiches, and settled in for some talking with our guys.  We got talking about personality tests (a good one is at  and one couple took the test as they hadn't done it in years.

We spent time talking about differences and how God brings us together as couples and that usually we are different to balance us out.  I believe that marriage is platform for sanctification, and not only about romance.  I know that I am a better person because of Tim.

We spoke of God wanting us to accept each other as someone uniquely made by God.  That we must not only be in marriage looking for what we can get out of it, but what we can give and bring to our spouses.

Later, Tim's traditional pancakes were made from scratch, and we enjoyed our New York friends homemade maple syrup!  Its so good.  

Everyone left around 9:00 pm, I gave Tim a haircut and now everyone here is ready for bed at 20 minutes to 11:00pm.

 The kitchen is clean, 

The living room is too, even though there were 22 people here today.

The lights are low and I am alone in the living room.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, full of good things and friendship.  I know that I did.  I'm grateful for God's grace, and for how He works to draw people together in fellowship as believers together.  We are grateful for the love and acceptance these friends give to us.

Joining Bernideen @BTTCG and Sandi for No Place Like Home


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sounds like a wonderful time of fellowship with your friends. I'm going to check out that personality test. I always enjoy things like that. "That we must not only be in marriage looking for what we can get out of it, but what we can give and bring to our spouses." How true those words are and I wish more young Christian women in particular would use that as a guideline. There is a little much of the spirit of Jezebel in our world today unfortunately. Having been in ministry with my hubby I have seen it all too often and too many marriages breaking up because of it. Great post with some good meat to chew on. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


Deborah Montgomery said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. What fun the video clip was to watch! Yes, friendship is very dear. Visiting from Sandi's party.

Lisa said...

You are so blessed to have such great friends! It sounds like everyone had a great time!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Good friends are a blessing and to have 22 in your home at once is a gesture of good hospitality. I don't think our little bungalow could hold that many.
This was our Victoria long weekend and we had beautiful weather with quality family time over BBQ at our daughter's.

Bernideen said...

Dear Deanna:
Old friends are the best and what a great time you had. Your home is so sweet. Thanks for sharing this fun time and linking.

Creations By Cindy said...

What a sweet time of fellowship! Nothing like sweet and precious friends that not only share a meal but Jesus. Hugs and blessings, Cindy


  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent Saturday, doing things around the house, and then we swam. Kyle and Sarah left after that...